Microsoft to launch new and expanded cloud services at WPC 2014

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 10 July 2014
Microsoft to launch new and expanded cloud services at WPC 2014

Several new and expanded cloud services will be released during Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, which will be held in Washington DC, US, from 13-17 July 2014.

A range of new updates to the Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, which was released this April to bridge the gap between infrastructure and platform services on the cloud, will become available on 14 July. The portal will have new infrastructure-as-a-service functionality to allow users to easily create, deploy and manage virtual machines and virtual networks. Users will also be able to leverage a new single-click SharePoint deployment function to automatically deploy and manage multiple virtual machines within the portal.

Other updates to the Azure Preview Portal include new virtual machine images in the Azure Gallery to enable users to provision development and test servers or production applications in minutes and the ability to manage their Azure SQL Databases within the portal. In addition, customers can now manage infrastructures and platform services or databases within the same Resource Group, as a single application.

Also set to be released on 14 July is the Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (AML) service. The fully managed cloud service is designed to help partners build predictive analytics solutions for their customers more easily. Partners such as MAX451, OSIsoft, Neal Analytics and Versium have already provided solutions using the AML service to their customers.

Microsoft will also preview Azure Event Hubs, a new service that can broker millions of events per second, allowing partners and customers to collate, process and analyse data from multiple cloud-connected smart devices.

To meet the growing demand for cloud services and data centre capacity for US partners and customers, Microsoft will expand its Azure government cloud portfolio with a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online US government cloud offering. Next week, the company will also add private connections at new Equinix data centres to launch the Azure platform in the US Central and US East 2 regions in Iowa and Virginia.

“The shift to cloud computing is a vast opportunity for our partners and we’re focused on giving our channel the most comprehensive set of cloud technologies – spanning infrastructure, data, mobility, productivity and managed services – as well as the best programmes and services to help them grow their businesses by building, hosting, managing or selling hybrid or cloud solutions,” said Phil Sorgen, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Channel, in a blog post. “I encourage all of our partners to learn more about these technologies and how they can help deliver value to our shared customers and propel their business forward.”

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